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A common future for the AOS Group and Colliers International

Colliers International has announced that it has taken a majority shareholding in AOS Group in order to strengthen its foothold and extend its activities in Europe. AOS is renamed ‘Colliers International’ in Belgium, in France and in the other five markets within which it operates. The location of Colliers International at Antwerp in Belgium is relatively recent (2002) and modest compared to the size of this worldwide company which numbers over 15,800 members of staff in 63 countries. The Belgian team, under the leadership of Frank Valkeneers, numbers some fifteen persons who assist their clients in the domains of commercial, logistics and industrial advice and brokerage.

Synergy and complementarity
The acquisition of AOS enables Colliers International to extend its range of real estate services, in particular with advice and project management in the domain of the organisation and fit-out of work spaces. Based in Brussels, AOS employs around thirty persons. Pierre-Gilles Solvit, from AOS Group, becomes the new director of Colliers in Belgium. He emphasises the advantages of bringing the two companies together: “This partnership is immediately going to strengthen our activities in office property, particularly in the area of tenant representation, advice and project management, for which the expertise of AOS is already recognised. Along with this, where real estate advice and brokerage are concerned, Belgium continues to be a fruitful market thanks to its exposure to the logistics and industrial sector, underpinned by companies active in electronic trade”.
Since its creation in 1997, AOS has specialised in advice and assistance to companies, helping them to optimise the rental and occupancy costs of their offices. It has also provided a complete range of workspace solutions, from conception to execution, in order to transform clients’ premises into a competitive advantage which improves productivity, collaboration, the recruitment and retention of employees.

International expansion
Taking a majority shareholding in AOS Group fits in with the strategy of growth and diversification of the activities of Colliers International. This partnership grows its activities in Belgium and France as well as in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Morocco, countries in which AOS is located. Over recent years, Colliers International has carried out three other strategic acquisitions in the EMEA region, two in the UK and one in Hungary. The company has taken on over forty directors in Europe, seeking to develop its transactional activities along with its principal commercial lines in the most important markets – especially the UK, Germany, Poland and Russia. The company has also opened new offices in Georgia and Morocco. All of these acquisitions strengthen the Colliers presence and brand in Europe, for a group which employs over 2,300 professionals in the EMEA zone, working from 80 offices in 39 markets, and generating a turnover in this zone of 253.8 million Euros.

Pierre-Gilles Solvit, from AOS Group, becomes the new director of Colliers in Belgium.
[+] Pierre-Gilles Solvit, from AOS Group, becomes the new director of Colliers in Belgium.

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| 22/10/2014

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